Friday, October 24th, 2014

Mcclenaghan Reaches 50 Odi Wickets And Features In Record Partnership

Mcclenaghan Reaches 50 Odi Wickets And Features In Record Partnership

Paceman Mitchell McClenaghan had a match to remember but finished on the losing side as New Zealand went down by 72 runs to South Africa in a One-Day International in Mount Maunganui today.

McClenaghan, who played for Worcestershire during the final third of last season, became the joint second quickest in ODI history to reach 50 wickets – just 23 matches.

He also shared in the Black Caps record last wicket ODI partnership of 76 with Luke Ronchi.

But his efforts proved in vain as South Africa opened up a 2-0 lead in the three match series.

McClenaghan, who finished as Worcestershire's leading wicket-taker in the Royal London One-Day Cup, came on as first change and made the initial breakthrough in dismissing Quinton De Kock for 26 with 56 on the board.

His 50th ODI victim was Vernon Philander (1) and he finished with 2-49 from 10 overs.

McClenaghan reached the half century landmark in the same number of matches as India's Ajit Agarkar – with only Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis (19) ahead of him.

South Africa totalled 282-9 and New Zealand then collapsed to 134-9 before McClenaghan came to the wicket and helped Ronchi in their country's best ever ODI 10th wicket stand.

McClenaghan finished unbeaten on 34 from 43 deliveries as New Zealand were finally dismissed for 210 in 46.3 overs.